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Memory and mission, Gangjeong reflections

15 October 2013
La emergente estructura del puerto en la distancia está rompiendo la roca natural y la tradición de la pesca por las mujeres de la comunidad. Foto de: P Walpole

Pedro Walpole, SJ The following are excerpts from the reflections of Pedro Walpole, SJ upon his visit to Gangjeong Village, Jeju Island in South Korea last May 2013. The village is also the site of an ongoing protest against the construction of a naval base. Francis Mun-su Park, SJ, director of the Jesuit Research...
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What must I do to reduce my CO2-equivalent emissions?

30 September 2013
Foto de: Carbone 4, Eco2Climat

Guillaume Emin Moral duties are generally not much in fashion today. It is very easy to speak about must-see movies, must-do trips or must-have smartphone applications, but it has become pretty difficult to speak about what every person should do or avoid, for moral reasons. As I share some efficient ways to reduce our...
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Water at the wrong place, wrong time: How can we cope?

15 September 2013
Manggahan floodway, sur de Metro Manila, Filipinas. Foto de: P Walpole

Rowena Soriaga and Wendy Clavano The World Water Week 2013  closes with a Stockholm Statement calling on the UN and its Open Working Group to propose in the post-2015 development agenda a Sustainable Development Goal on Water. Three outcomes are aspired by 2030: 1) a doubling of global water productivity, 2) a realisation of...
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Water in Catholic Social Teaching

31 August 2013
Foto de: globalcalendar.info

Frank Turner, SJ For Christians, water is both a necessarily fundamental ecological theme and also a spiritual symbol. These two perspectives are inseparable. Sharing water justice with wisdom is at the heart of environmental responsibility, and yet water is more than one natural resource among others: it evokes Christ himself who refers to himself...
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Spiritual conversations on the frontiers of Ignatian ecological commitment

15 August 2013
La belleza de Beirut. Foto de: P Walpole

Pedro Walpole, SJ Meeting the Christian Life Community family during their 16th General Assembly in Beirut, Lebanon was an energetic gathering with a long schedule of meetings, reflections, and fellowship. It made a great difference in having the gathering in Beirut and hearing from the local community and the community of neighbouring Syria. The...
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Paradox of abundance and scarcity of water in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

31 July 2013
Torres de agua de África, que ilustran la interconexión de sistemas de agua superficiales en la escala de las cuencas principales en el continente africano y su contribución a la necesidad de la gente para los recursos hídricos más allá de las fronteras políticas. Foto de: Africa Water Atlas, UNEP, 2010

Christian N Ndoki, SJ In Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the paradox of water abundance and scarcity is felt by this city of 10 million inhabitants along the Congo River. I was visiting a young friend whose leg was amputated after a serious accident. While I was trying...
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The wisdom of the gardener

15 July 2013
El Jardín Planetario (Le Jardin Planétaire). Foto de: raymondsarti.com

Sébastien Carcelle, SJ In this time of globalization, it’s very common to say that the “world is a village,” but should we rather say that “it is a garden?” This is the audacious proposal that made Gilles Clément one of the greatest French landscape designers, when he speaks of the “global garden” to describe...
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A spirituality that reconciles us with creation

30 June 2013
Pantaron en Mindanao, Filipinas. Foto de: P Walpole

José Ignacio Garcia, SJ The latest issue of Promotio Iustitiae, the highly-respected publication of the Social Apostolate, is titled “A spirituality that reconciles us with creation” and was recently released by the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat (SJES) from the Jesuit Curia in Rome. Ecojesuit strongly recommends the reading of this valuable issue and...
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EITI in the Philippines, a step forward globally but problems remain locally

15 June 2013
Extracción minera de oro blanco en la selva, sur de Filipinas. Foto de: P Walpole

Pedro Walpole, SJ The Philippines was recently accepted as a candidate country to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), a globally developed set of standards and processes that ensures more transparency and better governance of mineral resources in a country. The EITI process assures that what the company pays and what the government receives...
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Saint Ignatius in nature’s embrace: A 3-D view, Retrospective-Perspective-Reflective

31 May 2013
Loyola paisaje, 2011. Foto de: P Walpole

Hedwig Lewis, SJ Retrospective: Loyola Valley Guipúzcoa, Spain, in the 16th century, was one of three Basque Provinces (with Alava and Vizcaya) beyond the Pyrenees.1 At the end of the 15th century, the kingdom of Castile and Leon, of central and northern Spain claimed jurisdiction over the Basque province of Guipúzcoa where the house...
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